Kentucky Horse Council Announces MAY KENA Topic:


Lexington, KY (April 12, 2017) –  The Kentucky Horse Council has announced the topic for the May Kentucky Equine Networking Association (KENA) dinner: Saving Ground – Preserving KY’s Horse Country. The dinner, presented by the Equine Law Group of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, will be held on May 16, 2017, at Fasig-Tipton in Lexington, Ky. KENA is a dinner and educational series open to equine professionals, horse owners, and recreational riders and will feature a networking reception from 5:30-6:00 PM, followed by dinner with the main speakers from 6-8 PM.


The group, focused on the Kentucky thoroughbred, sport, and pleasure horse community, is charged with the mission of providing an educational and social venue for equine professionals and horse enthusiasts from all disciplines. KENA, which is organized by the Kentucky Horse Council and supported by the University of Kentucky Ag Equine Program, provides the opportunity for attendees to share ideas, business strategies and knowledge, and to obtain up-to-date information on horse and farm management.


May’s speakers will be Holley Groshek, Executive Director of the Equine Land Conservation Resource, Susan Speckert, Executive Director of the Fayette Alliance, and Roy Cornett, currently serving as the Treasurer of the Back Country Horsemen of America. The panelists will speak on the importance of land conservation to the equine industry, in terms of farmland, competition venues and access to trails, as well as steps individuals can take to help protect Kentucky’s equine lands.


“The issue of protecting Kentucky’s farm land is important to every member of the Kentucky horse industry, whether you are a trail rider, breeder, or sport horse competitor,” says Kentucky Horse Council Executive Director Katy Ross. “We are thrilled to have a panel with three distinct perspectives on this issue and that will touch all of our membership.”    


The May 16 dinner is presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP’s Equine Law Group. Dinsmore & Shohl is a full-service law firm with offices in twenty-nine cities throughout nine states and the District of Columbia, including Kentucky offices in Lexington, Frankfort, and Louisville. The Dinsmore Equine Law Group is a generous supporter of the KENA dinner series.



The Kentucky Equine Networking Association welcomes all Kentucky horse owners, professionals and enthusiasts to attend the May 16 event. For details and reservations, visit


Realtor restores old pump house, says history ‘important’

By John McGary

Woodford Sun Staff

Across the street from Tom Biederman’s real estate office on North Main Street is a much older and smaller building he’s restoring: a pump house he believes dates back to the 1850s.

Biederman said he bought the property which now houses Green Street Gifts and Antiques, about a decade ago. He replaced the roof and windows of that building and most of the floor, but said he “didn’t really know what to do with the pump house, or even that it was a pump house. I didnt know what it was.”

He asked several people about the circular building and didnt get a definitive answer until a neighbor told him it was a pump house for the mill that had been in the building next to it.

“And it pumped water from Big Spring, behind the courthouse, up toward the mill. So at one time, there was a large pump in there, and I’m not sure what it used for its power, but I’m guessing it may have been motorized,” Biederman said.

Asked about a rumor that the building pumped water to city residents, Biederman laughed and said, “I dont know. The city might have been quite a bit smaller then.”

Biederman said bricklayer Kermitt Schaffer, whom he describes as a craftsman, begun work on the pump house two weeks ago.

“And I found him because he was restoring the brick here across the street at Quality Feeds, which is also a very, very old building, probably somewhat similar to the age of my building,” Biederman said.

Schaffer will complete the circular building, and a new door and roof will be installed in the next few weeks, Biederman said.

“It probably won’t be a dome, but it will be probably a pointed top, somewhat like the one on the corner here where my real estate office is,” Biederman said.

Biederman agreed that some will wonder why he bothered to restore a building with no immediate commercial appeal.

“Someone may do that, and I’ve thought about it very long and hard. I am a preservationist at heart, I think our history is important … even though the building will really serve no purpose other than a historical mark,” he said. “It’s a pleasure to restore it. It is kind of ironic that it’s behind a brand new building in Thoroughbred Square, so we’ve got brand new sitting beside mid-1800s, which I think is cool.”

McGraw, John. “Realtor resotes old pump house, says history ‘important’.” The Woodford Sun 6 April 2017: 10. Print.